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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has declined to release the names of individuals who were involved in a robbery Wednesday behind the post office at Shenandoah Junction. The incident resulted in a lockdown at several area schools. Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. R.S. Sell said a handgun was displayed during […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — It’s not often that environmental organizations and the coal industry come down on the same side of a policy debate. But that’s happening in West Virginia, where both groups have concerns about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to eliminate a state tax incentive for plug-in electric cars and other alternative fuel vehicles. […]

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TRIADELPHIA (AP) — A new study says nursing will top the field of future worker shortages in West Virginia. The study by West Liberty University’s Institute for Innovation in Education compared the number of college degrees awarded in the state with the anticipated job market. It also projects shortages in social work, computer sciences, education […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia has signed another football recruit. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced Friday the signing of running back Jacky Marcellus. The 5-foot-8 Marcellus ran for 374 yards and caught 25 passes for 251 yards last season at Florida’s Immokalee High School before undergoing knee surgery. As a junior he scored 17 touchdowns. Marcellus […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to increase West Virginia’s already robust emergency reserves, and hopes to win over lawmakers by also pledging funding for basic road needs and special infrastructure projects. The proposal was among 13 introduced Friday on behalf of the governor for this session, which began Wednesday. One of those […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN (AP) — A U.S. Fish and Wildlife training center in the West Virginia is planning a controlled burn to promote the growth of native warm-season prairie grasses. About 22 acres will be burned at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown between the end of February and mid-April. The burn is dependent on suitable […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia will launch a new program for hundreds of thousands of people at risk of developing diabetes, with a focus on intensive lifestyle coaching. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program for those at high risk and those diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Participants will work with a lifestyle coach in […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing changing state law to make it clear that police officers can test drivers for drugs just as they test them for alcohol. The legislation would explicitly permit officers to test for drugs. The current law outlines only that authorities have the right to test […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Another cast member of the reality show “BUCKWILD” is in trouble with the law. An official at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston tells media outlets Michael Douglas Burford was arrested Thursday night on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. He has since been released. Burford, known as “Bluefoot” […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has disbursed nearly $5.5 million to state and local governments in West Virginia since Superstorm Sandy. FEMA’s Charleston branch chief Gary Brand says that covers 131 projects. But FEMA likely will dole out $13 million altogether, with another 125 projects. Sandy dumped more than 2 feet of […]

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